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Suggs provides inspiration for offense

When nothing was seemingly going right for the Ravens’ struggling offense, it was linebacker Terrell Suggs who gave them the inspiration.

In a subtle way, Suggs, playing in just his second game of the season since coming back from an Achilles tear, helped the offense overcome a late deficit to beat the Cleveland Browns 25-15 on the road.

“I remember Terrell Suggs sitting over there saying, ‘We’ll hold them from scoring touchdowns, you guys go ahead and put a drive together and let’s win this game,” said running back Ray Rice, who had a season-high 25 carries for 98 yards and a touchdown. “Just hearing from a guy who battled through that kind of injury, we owe it to him, we owe it to ourselves, we out it to the organization.”

This may not have exactly how the Ravens (6-2) envisioned coming out of the bye week as the hurry-up offense went into hibernation again.

The Ravens took a 14-point lead in the first quarter with Rice getting in from eight yards and rookie Bernard Pierce sprinting in on a third-down play from 11 yards out for his first touchdown as a pro.

But quarterback Joe Flacco continued to struggle away from home, going 15-for-24 for just 153 yards and one touchdown.

His scoring pass of 19 yards to Torrey Smith, however, was the game-winner. The Ravens had fallen behind 15-14 because of five field goals by Browns kicker Phil Dawson, but Flacco led them on a nine-play, 81-yard drive.

Smith's catch, pivot and run was the first big play in the passing game for Baltimore. Then Flacco completed a two-point conversion to Anquan Boldin and Justin Tucker added a late field goal for the final margin. 

“We did a good job mixing it up a little bit in the first quarter,” said Flacco, who is unbeaten in 10 career games vs. Cleveland. The last time Baltimore lost to this team was 2007, the season before Flacco’s rookie season and John Harbaugh’s arrival as coach. “After (the first quarter) … those guys did a good job of creating some negative plays for us. It was tough to convert.”

The Ravens had 11 first downs to begin the game but Flacco couldn’t engineer his team to another one until late in the fourth.

Even though the Browns were trailing from the start, they got back in it by sticking with rookie running back Trent Richardson, who had just 47 yards on 14 carries in a 23-16 loss to Baltimore in Week 4.

Richardson compiled 76 of his 105 yards in the first half as Cleveland was able to  control the clock and wear out a defense that already came in short-handed.

Defensive end Pernell McPhee sat out because of a thing injury and tackle Haloti Ngata was limited by a sore shoulder. But the Ravens, who had allowed an average of 207 rushing yards per game in the last three games, responded.

The Browns gained 116 overall, marking a significant improvement for a defense that was No. 2 in the NFL against the run a season ago when it held teams to less than 100.

Rice wasn’t as effective after the first quarter, but Baltimore didn’t go away from him like they did in past weeks.

He had 10 carries above his season average of 15. The hard-fought victory erased the bad taste of a 43-13 drubbing the Ravens took at the Houston Texans going into the bye week.

“It’s great to come on the road, not do anything fancy, and figure out a way to win,” Rice said.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: What to look out for at OTAs

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: What to look out for at OTAs

Kick off your Thursday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news including what to watch for at OTAs.

Player/Team Notes: 

1. As the Ravens try and bolster their pass rush during the offseason, they hope to find much-needed help from outside linebacker, Shane Ray. The Ravens picked up Ray from the Denver Broncos where he had an unproductive last two seasons due to injury, only registering one sack in each of the past two seasons. However, Ray had a phenomenal career at Missouri as a unanimous All-American and SEC Defensive Player of the Year in 2014. The Ravens have given Ray a shot at a career reboot and fans are excited to see what he's got.

2. Thursday is the media's first opportunity to get a look at the 2019-20 Ravens. Ravens writer Ryan Mink writes seven things to look out for at OTAs including, attendance from veterans even though OTAs are mandatory, a look at linebacker development with the signings of namely Pernell McPhee and Shane Ray and a first look at the rookie class to name a few.

Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Baltimore Ravens for news points.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Ravens rank higher than expected in preseason rankings

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Ravens rank higher than expected in preseason rankings

Kick off your Wednesday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news including a high preseason ranking for the Ravens.

Player/Team Notes: 

1. The Ravens ranked higher than expected in Peter King's preseason rankings. King ranked the Ravens at No. 12, surprising for a defense that is working on development during this offseason. However, with the Ravens' signing of All-Pro safety Earl Thomas, maybe he will bring the fire the Ravens need on defense.

2. With day 2 of OTAs in the books, the focus has been on quarterback Lamar Jackson. Ravens writer, Kevin Eck noted that during the offseason, Jackson had been working out with Ravens quarterbacks coach, Joshua Harris along with receivers Jordan Lasley and Jaylen Smith, so it remains to be seen throughout the summer on whether or not he has improved namely his passing game. 

Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Baltimore Ravens for news points.

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